Tyson Foods adds former MLB exec to board of directors

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Tyson Foods announced Friday (May 10) the expansion of its board of directors from 11 to 12 members with the addition of Jonathan D. Mariner.

Mariner, 64, is a private investor and entrepreneur who recently retired after 23 years in professional sports. He previously served as chief financial officer (CFO) for the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, where he led the league’s accounting, treasury and budgeting functions. Mariner also completed more than a dozen franchise purchase and sale transactions and helped create the League’s strategic investment fund.

He also held a similar position for the MLB’s Florida Marlins, NHL’s Florida Panthers and Dolphins Stadium. Mariner founded TaxDay LLC, a private software firm that creates apps designed to help users keep track of multi-state travel.

“Our governance and nominating committee recommended Jonathan because of his financial background, entrepreneurial interests and experience in strategic investments, acquisitions and forecasting,” said Tyson Foods board chairman, John Tyson. “We believe his insight will help us as we continue to grow our value-added and international businesses.”

Mariner has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Mariner joins fellow board members, John Tyson, Gaurdie E. Banister Jr., Dean Banks, Mike Beebe, Mikel A. Durham, Kevin M. McNamara, Cheryl S. Miller, Jeffrey K. Schomburger, Robert Thurber, Barbara A. Tyson and Tyson Foods president and CEO Noel White.

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